• Archive for January, 2011


    by  • January 30, 2011 • Everything Else • 1 Comment

    April 26, 2011 update: looks like I was right about the likelihood that Egypt’s stance on Israel will change radically as the will of the people is felt over time. I’m going to try and keep this short and to the point, but it’s a complex and messy analysis. Try and get to the bottom [...]

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    FPIP: Foreign Policy by Internet Protocol

    by  • January 29, 2011 • Everything Else • 1 Comment

    Four factors combine 5.1 billion cell phones, soon to be 7 billion smart phones on 3G networks increasingly valuable services delivered over international borders, like Google global shared knowledge bases like wikipedia or satellite maps telemedicine, tele-engineering, microconsultancy, social media and so on as the tools spread into new areas of life Non-state actors conducting [...]

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    My no mess bread making method

    by  • January 28, 2011 • Everything Else • 2 Comments

    (from about 2003) Tools: one small cup, two large (12″+) steel bowls, a baking sheet and a cover. Ingredients: white flour, brown sugar, water, salt, olive oil and freeze dried yeast. Fill one steel bowl to three inches deep with hot tap water. This is the heating bowl. Put one cup of very hot, and [...]

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    There is no system.

    by  • January 25, 2011 • Everything Else • 0 Comments

    Have a listen to Emilie Autumn’s “I know where you sleep”. I’ve had a very interesting series of experiences, living in a hexayurt village for a week and watching, up close, two dozen people adapt to using the hexayurts every day and every night, talk to me and each other about them, and trying to [...]

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    Rebranding the Hexayurt Project

    by  • January 21, 2011 • Everything Else • 14 Comments

    I’ve made a mistake. I’ve made one of those “my god did I just waste a decade?” errors. I’ve branded the hexayurt as a tool for fighting poverty, and focused on explaining how bad poverty is to motivate action. This is a fundamental error, because: Things have a nature The nature of things interacting forms [...]

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    Next steps

    by  • January 13, 2011 • Everything Else • 1 Comment

    So I’m hoping to carve out February to do the final round before we can launch The Future We Deserve. It’s been a longer and more drawn out process than I’d thought, partly because I’ve surprised myself in three ways. The material seriously upended some hidden assumptions I had about the future, and made me [...]

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    A shiny, happy, friendly Death Cult

    by  • January 12, 2011 • Everything Else • 3 Comments

    Only occasionally do I talk about meditation, and then in the abstract, mostly. Here’s what meditation is: zero-distraction living. 90% of the benefits at a personality level are from simply sitting with yourself, and not permitting yourself to escape. As one sage put it Self-scrutiny, relentless observance of one’s thoughts, is a stark and shattering [...]

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